Even as Howard County and state officials prepare for county participation in the National Night Out Against Crime this evening, police yesterday released crime statistics for the first half of 1998 that show a dramatic decrease in nearly every offense.
Sgt. Morris Carroll, a police spokesman, attributed the decline to better enforcement.
"We're focusing on targeting those people we think are career criminals," Carroll said.
Robberies decreased 14.6 percent, from 89 during the first six months of 1997 to 76 this year. Aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and car thefts also dropped substantially.